Bready Women finish All-Ireland runners-up
Mollie Devine reports on Women’s All-Ireland finals day
Bready Ladies started their All-Ireland finals day this morning as they took on CSNI in the semi-final of the the senior women’s competition. The visitors won the toss at a very wet and overcast Magheramason and they decided to have a bowl.
Bready captain Alana Dalzell and Kayleigh Barnard got the hosts off to a solid start posting 23 before Kayleigh was dismissed in the 4th over. Alana lead from the front as she has done all season finishing the game on 47 not out. Kathryn Rough played a really important cameo at the end posting a 30 run partnership with Alana to leave Bready with a total of 105.
Pick of the bowlers for CSNI Jemma was Gillan with figures of 2-16 from her 4 overs.
With rain affecting play CSNI were then set a target of 75 off 12 overs to progress to the afternoon final.
Jemma Rankin struck in the first over with the big wicket of CSNI captain Rachael Thomas, courtesy of an excellent catch in the outfield by Amy Campbell.
Ali Cowan top scored for the Belfast side with 18 while Alana Dalzell backed up her batting with a great bowling display for her side with 2-8. We should also note a superb performance in the field by Kayleigh Barnard who was involved in three run-outs.
CSNI needing 13 off the last over and up stepped young Mansi Bhavsar, the 11-year old bowling a great over taking 2 wickets and conceding just 1 run to ensure an excellent win for the North West side. The result sent Bready through to the All-Ireland final where they would face Pembroke- a great achievement the club and showing how cricket in the region is progressing.
With the rain playing a part again the final was reduced to a 10-over match. Pembroke captain, Mary Waldron, winning the toss and having a bowl in tough conditions.
Alana again got her team off to a good start with 15 before she was stumped off the bowling of Cliona Tucker, Pembroke on top with the big wicket off the Bready skipper.
Cameos from Jemma Rankin and Kathryn Rough again saw Bready reach 50 off their 10 overs- Tucker finishing with figures of 2-11.
Pembroke got off to an excellent start with an opening partnership of 32 before an excellent bit of work from Amy Campbell to dismiss Louise Little. The experience of Waldron however saw her see her team home as the Ireland player finished on 23 not out.
Pembroke well deserved winners and a great occasion and step in the right direction for Women’s cricket here.